Metroland (1997)

I watched this because Christian Bale has rarely made a film that I have not enjoyed - plus Emily Watson has always impressed me too. The two don't disappoint in Metroland (a British word for suburbia), but it does pan out a little thinly.

It is the late 1970's and Chris is happily married and works as a photographer for an advert agency in London. When his old friend visits and brings with him a lifestyle from the late 60's that Chris used to enjoy, he is force to re-evaluate his priorities and choices over the past decade.

The film presents an essay on being a cog in the system, being content with familiarity and monogamy, and regret. The acting performances are superb though the story as a whole won't move you too much despite the great themes explored.

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